This is one of the most humorous historical fiction books that I can remember reading and is much different than any of Lynn’s other books that I have read. The main character in this story is a girl after my own heart!
She is a voracious reader and her love of books often causes mishaps when she becomes engrossed in a story. She daydreams and dawdles and has a way of irritating those around her. I laughed out loud many times while reading about Alice Grace Ripley. She reminded me of “Lucille Ball” almost the entire story with her unassuming, naive ways. She is adorable and hilarious but doesn’t seem to realize it and what she lacks in social grace, she makes up for with her sweet spirit.
Alice has a heart of gold and doesn’t intend to be rude or ignorant of the world around her;she is just so in love with books that she simply gets lost in them. Every time she turns around she’s in a scrape, and often has no idea how she got there. I enjoyed this book so much – it was hard to put down.
I’ve said this before and it’s worth saying again – Lynn Austin and historical fiction were just meant to be. She is a fantastic author and if you haven’t read any of her books, what are you waiting for?
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From The Back Of The Book:
I was perfectly content with my life--that is, until the pages of my story were ripped outbefore I had a chance to live happily ever after.
Alice Grace Ripley lives in a dream world, her nose stuck in abook. But the happily-ever-after life she's planned on suddenly falls apart when her boyfriend breaks up with her, accusing her of living in a world of fiction instead of the real one. To top it off, Alice loses her beloved library job because of cutbacks due to the Great Depression.
Longing to run from small-town gossip, Alice flees to the mountains of eastern Kentucky to deliver five boxes of donated books to the tiny coal-mining town of Acorn, a place with no running water, no electricity,and where the librarians ride ornery horses up steep mountain passes to deliver books. When Alice is forced to stay in Acorn far longer than she planned, she discovers that real-life adventure, mystery--and especially romance--may be far better than her humble dreams could have imagined.